# of sessions per week?

  • omahaeight

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    Jul 10, 2007 3:23 AM GMT
    I'm new to this site and looking forward to sharing with you guys.

    I'm trying to bulk up and working with a trainer. I'm eating more, doing protein shakes, etc., but the trainer only has be lifting twice a week. Everyone I've talked to/read posts from seems to lift 3-5 times a week. Should I be at the gym more often?
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    Jul 10, 2007 11:46 AM GMT
    I'm not even trying to bulk up, and I'm in the gym with my trainer three days a week.
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    Jul 10, 2007 1:46 PM GMT
    That all depends on your body type, and what routine(s) you're using when you do go in to the gym!

    If you trust your trainer, and are getting good results, then you're probably fine with twice a week.
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    Jul 10, 2007 2:20 PM GMT
    Also depends on how you're working out, whether you're doing a full body circuit or a split routine.

    Can I assume you know the difference between the two kinds of workouts?
  • omahaeight

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    Jul 10, 2007 2:23 PM GMT
    I am doing full body on both days.
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    Jul 10, 2007 4:34 PM GMT
    It would probably be best to communicate your concerns with him.

    Maybe he's doing twice per week to start and then plans to increase your lifting sessions in time.

    My trainer prefers I lift 3 times per week, so maybe as someone else pointed out, it's different for everyone, depending on body size, goals, etc.

    Welcome to RJ. There are some great guys here who give great advice. :-)
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jul 10, 2007 5:02 PM GMT
    I'm a gym rat, so I'm always at the gym, but definitely TALK to your personal trainer. He will tell you what is best for YOU and if your workout becomes too easy for you, you may be adding another session. Who knows?

    Good luck on bulking up! It's a lot of hard work, but man ... I find it fun!
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    Jul 10, 2007 5:09 PM GMT
    Your trainer may be taking it wasy on you, "breaking you in" before upping the workouts. Your body does require downtime to repair and start building up. Take it easy at first and BE PATIENT. If you have been on this twice-a-week program for over a month, it is DEFINITELY time to start getting more out of your trainer. It may be his schedule he has in mind, not yours, so find out what is going on...
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    Jul 10, 2007 5:16 PM GMT
    My trainer is twice a week too. But you can do some abs and dumbells at home . Sounds like you are on a male model type program now not a body builder program.
  • GQjock

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    Jul 11, 2007 1:48 PM GMT
    I agree that sounds like insufficient body work for the week
    ... best case you should hit a muscle group two times in a given week
    that leaves time for regeneration and for growth

  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 12, 2007 2:16 AM GMT
    omahaeight,are you actually bulking up,getting more bulk and muscle?If you are,then relax.If not,you`ll need to do more,maybe three times a week.Talk to your trainer.It may be like ww1969 says,if you`re new to weight training,he`ll be easing you in and getting you ready for more strenous training to come...What other guys do,training wise, on this site is for their individual needs.You`ve got to find what suits you!Best wishes with the training!
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    Jul 19, 2007 7:01 PM GMT
    From a trainer......all the guys who suggested you talk to him hit it right on the head. If he is worth his fee he will have no problem explaining to you why he has you on the routine you're on. Don't be afraid to ask questions and if he gives you vague responses or expects you to just trust him.......find somebody else!